Sunday, August 3, 2014
Use It Or Lose It
I joined an audience of two when I walked into a jazz club yesterday.
The band included one of Kansas City's most respected elder statesman and one of region's most notable young lions. To paraphrase the pop song of the summer, their astounding talents should have the musicians "in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo." Instead, the number of listeners had only grown to six when I left the club an hour later.
While updating The Kansas City Jazz Calendar I found that a remarkable amount of non-jazz acts were booked at jazz venues in August. It's difficult to begrudge venue managers of the shift when jazz acts aren't consistently drawing crowds.
It's one thing to tout Kansas City's jazz heritage. It's quite another to support the present artistic renaissance by actually attending gigs. And yes, I'm as culpable as many purported jazz fans. I left the forsaken jazz club to join a throng of thousands at a funk concert.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)